They Eat Horses, Don’t They? Countries That Consume Horse Meat

by Sese Kittre
They Eat Horses, Don’t They? Countries That Consume Horse Meat

People have different taste and preference with regards to food. Others may like a certain delicacy while some may find them to be quite off-putting. Some may find exotic foods such as horse meat to be unconventional while others enjoy them on a regular basis. Let us consider some countries that love horse meat.

First and foremost, horsemeat is the culinary name for meat cut from a horse. It is considered to be a major meat in only a few countries and it forms a significant part of the culinary traditions of many others, from Europe to South America to Asia. You may find it weird but wild horses, for the majority of humanity’s early existence were hunted as a source of protein. When asked how they taste, individuals who eat horse meat often share that they are slightly sweet, tender as well as low in fat.  Others however, find horse meat to be rather a taboo food and refrain from ever tasting them.


French cooking oftentimes make use of horse meat as they are considered to be quite popular. One French Chef even described them as delicious like rich beef.


One of the largest consumers of horse meat is China. The meat is served with rice noodles or dries them up to eat like a sausage.


Horse meat is also relatively popular in Kazakhstan. The country is considered to be the second largest consumer of horsemeat, behind China and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations rightfully believes it so.


Satay is a modern Indonesian and Malay spelling of sate, is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with a sauce and some Indonesians make them out of horse meat.


In Germany you will find a German pot roast known as Sauerbraten which is served with a variety of meats—most often beef, but also from venison, lamb, mutton, pork, and traditionally, horse.


Belgium finds horse meat as a dietary staple. The Yakut horse for instance, is bred mainly for its fatty flesh and its high caloric content, is an important part of the local diet.


Just like their sushi, Japan serves horse meat which is also known as Basashi which are sliced thin and eaten raw.


In Switzerland horse steak is modestly common. There is also the Mostbröckli, a specialty that is made with beef or horse meat. Furthermore, horse meat is also used for a range of sausages such as the local salametti which are sometimes made with horse meat.


Horse meat is consumed in the form of sausages called mahan and sudzhuk. Furthermore, they are considered to be the traditional food of the Crimean Tatar population.

Horses oftentimes do get the short end of the stick. They are used on a regular basis in several activities and tasks and now, they are considered to be a delectable cuisine in several countries. It should be noted that the top eight countries consume about 4.7 million horses a year which is quite a significant number. With that being said it does not end there as there are also other forms of horse exploitation such as horse racing betting which is done quite regularly with a huge crowd of spectators and betters.